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Wednesday January 28, 2009Former Gator Sidner Achieves Broadcasting Dream

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In a November 17, 1991 Florida volleyball match-day program, former Gator Sara Sidner (1990-92) was quoted as saying ďFlorida has an excellent journalism school, which is one of the reasons why I came to UF. I am interested in broadcast journalism.Ē


Nearly 17 years later, Sidner has made good on that aspiration. The Miami Lakes, Fla., native currently serves as CNNís New Delhi-based correspondent covering India and South Asia. She currently is celebrating her one-year anniversary with the network with her most famous assignment coming in November when she reported live from Mumbai during the terrorist attacks.


Sidner began her on-air reporting career at WUFT-TV in Gainesville as a student at Florida before serving stints at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Fla. She served as a consumer reporter and anchor at Dallas affiliate KDFW-TV for three years before joining KTVU in San Francisco in 2004. She was the co-anchor of the weekend edition of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news at that station for nearly four years before joining CNN.


She has received numerous awards for her reporting including a Regional Emmy Award, a Lone Star Award and several Associated Press Awards for her work in Dallas, where one of her most prominent assignments included reporting on the Columbia space shuttle tragedy.


Sidner holds a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida.


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Name: Sara Sidner

Favorite television program: Murphy Brown

When people meet me, they think I am: Crazy and fun-loving

When Iím 35, I want to be: A television news anchor for one of the top three networks

Someday, Iíd like to take a trip to: Rome

The best advice Iíve been given is: Believe in yourself

My biography would be titled: The Sidner Years (1972-?)

If I lost all my possessions except one, Iíd want to keep: All my pictures

The toughest course Iíve taken at Florida is: Statistics

I canít imagine living without: An air conditioner

My favorite place on campus is: The journalism building

I respect Coach Wise because: She says what she means and expects the same from her players

Iím as good as anyone else at: Arguing




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